Eirini Sarrou

Eirini Sarrou
Hellenic Agricultural Organization - Demeter | ELGO · Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources

Ph.D

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Introduction
Eirini Sarrou currently works as a Researcher at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources, HAO-DEMETER. Her expertise are summarized on medicinal plants breeding and biomarkers identification applying state-to-the art metabolomics and genomics tools.
Additional affiliations
April 2016 - March 2017
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Position
  • PostDoc Position
January 2015 - February 2015
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Position
  • Teaching in Lifelong Learning Courses
Description
  • Specialization on the production of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Essential Oils.
November 2014 - November 2015
Hellenic Agricultural Organization - Demeter
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Description
  • AgroEtak Project
Education
September 2010 - November 2013
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Agriculture

Publications

Publications (61)
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Hypericum perforatum is known as an important medicinal plant, used for the treatment of several diseases, while its pharmacological properties are attributed to the presence of a wide range of secondary metabolites. Due to the great chemotypic variability of Hypericum species in the nature, and the demand for standardized herbal products, a detail...
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This study is an attempt to describe a conventional breeding program on Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum). First of all, a descriptor list including the most significant morphological traits was developed for the starting genetic material. The program aimed to select the elite self-plants obtained from the initial population originated f...
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Main conclusion: As a result of this work, we were able to characterize seven indigenous to Greece Salvia officinalis populations using genetic and metabolomic tools. These tools can be used to select the most promising genotypes, capable to design future breeding programs for high valuable varieties. An initial investigation was carried out to co...
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Sideritis scardica (Mountain Tea), an endemic plant of the Balkan Peninsula, is generally acknowledged as a very popular consumed beverage with multiple pharmacological properties including antioxidant activity. This study was designed to optimize the infusion conditions, aiming to maximize the phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of the tea...
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Sideritis euboea is a perennial medicinal, local endemic species to mountainous areas of Central and Southern Evia Island (Greece) with isolated populations threatened with extinction. In this context, a genetic and phytochemical survey has been performed to evaluate the present status of S. euboea inter- and intra-population diversity in three mou...
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Background Natural products are not only positioned in the heart of traditional medicine but also in modern medicine as many current drugs are coming from natural sources. Apart from the field of medicine and therapeutics, natural products are broadly used in other industrial fields such as nutrition, skincare products and nanotechnology. Methods...
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The traditionally edible aerial parts of rock samphire (Crithmum maritimum L.) could be a valuable functional food or feed ingredient due to their high antioxidant capacity, ascorbic acid content, and rich content in secondary metabolites such as phenolics and flavonoids. The first objective of this study was to evaluate eighteen genotypes derived...
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Sustainability, circular economy and alternative production systems are urgent imperatives for humanity and animal husbandry. Unless wasted, agri-food by-products can offer a promising source of high value. We evaluated the effect of rice bran (RB), corncob (CC), potato peels (PP), solid biogas residues (BR), and olive-oil processing residuals (OR)...
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Malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive types of skin cancer with an increasing incidence worldwide. Thus, the development of innovative therapeutic approaches is of great importance. Salvia fruticosa (SF) is known for its anticancer properties and in this context, we aimed to investigate its potential anti-melanoma activity in an in vitro...
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Profitable hydroponic production requires high quality fresh water, which is often not available for agricultural use, while desalinisation of salty water is an expensive and unsustainable technology. In the present study, we assessed the effect of mild salinity stress during the soilless cultivation of fresh peppermint and spearmint in the floatin...
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Parsley ( Petroselinum crispum ) aromatic, edible leaves are used fresh or dried as a herb, but also for their pharmaceutical properties. Given the profound concern to high nutritious and pharmaceutical value of superior plant’s germplasm, a survey is presented in this study on the phenotypic, genetic and phytochemical characterization of fifteen G...
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There is a persistent interest in innovative and multifunctional ingredients in biology research. With regards to this, natural sources have an important role due to their multiple benefits. Thus, this study aims to present the pleiotropic activity of Prunus avium L. extract on human primary fibroblasts for proving its efficacy in dermis-related pr...
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The aim of the present study was to investigate the impact of exogenous melatonin (0. 5 mM) application through pre-harvest foliar spray and postharvest immersion, alone or in combination, on ripening parameters of sweet cherry (cv. Ferrovia) fruit and their relationship with bioactive compounds and gene expression at harvest as well after cold sto...
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Cistus creticus L. subsp. creticus (rockrose) is a shrub widespread in Greece and the Mediterranean basin and has been used in traditional medicine as herb tea for colds, for healing and digestive hitches, for the treatment of maladies, as perfumes, and for other purposes. Compounds from its flavonoid fraction have recently drawn attention due to a...
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The present study investigated the potential of fresh peppermint (Mentha × piperita L.) and spearmint (Mentha spicata L.) production on a floating raft system combined with a commercial protein hydrolysate supplement (Amino16®) in a nutrient solution aiming to improve plant product quality. Three levels of the protein hydrolysate solution (0, 0.25...
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Key message This work provides the first system-wide datasets concerning metabolic changes in calcium-treated fruits, which reveal that exogenously applied calcium may specifically reprogram sweet cherry development and ripening physiognomy. Abstract Calcium modulates a wide range of plant developmental processes; however, the regulation of fruit...
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The current study characterizes the physicochemical, sensory and bioactive compound traits of twenty-two sweet cherry accessions, namely breeding lines, landraces and modern cultivars, embodying the majority of Greek germplasm. The evaluated accessions differ in several quality traits including colour parameters and textural properties as well as s...
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Apple (Malus domestica Borkh) is an important fruit crop cultivated in a broad range of environmental conditions. Apple fruit ripening is a physiological process, whose molecular regulatory network response to different environments is still not sufficiently investigated and this is particularly true of the peel tissue. In this study, the influence...
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Background: Rain-induced fruit cracking is a major physiological problem in most sweet cherry cultivars. For an in vivo cracking assay, the 'Christensen method' (cracking evaluation following fruit immersion in water) is commonly used; however, this test does not adequately simulate environmental conditions. Herein, we have designed and evaluated...
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Sideritis scardica (S. scardica) is an endemic medicinal species of the Central Balkan Peninsula. The aerial parts are traditionally used in folk medicine and, therefore, have been collected extensively from natural habitats. Overexploitation in combination with climate change has resulted in severely fragmented populations. In this context, the pu...
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Background: Rain-induced fruit cracking is a major physiological problem in most sweet cherry cultivars. For an in vivocracking assay, the ‘Christensen method’ (cracking evaluation following fruit immersion in water) is commonly used; however, this test does not adequately simulate environmental conditions.Herein, we have designed and evaluated a c...
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Despite the application of girdling technique for several centuries, its impact on the metabolic shifts that underly fruit biology remains fragmentary. To characterize the influence of girdling on sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) fruit development and ripening, second-year-old shoots of the cultivars ‘Lapins’ and ‘Skeena’ were girdled before full blo...
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Tobacco is an economically important crop with leaves that are a significant source of aromatic, bioactive compounds such as phenolics and alkaloids. In the present study un- biased transcriptomics and metabolomics approaches were employed to identify and quantify individual changes in transcript and metabolite profiles in leaves of three oriental...
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Background: Rain-induced fruit cracking is a major physiological problem in most sweet cherry cultivars. For an in vivo cracking assay, the ‘Christensen method’ (cracking evaluation following fruit immersion in water) is commonly used; however, this test has been questioned. Herein, we have designed and evaluated a cracking protocol, named ‘Waterfa...
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Heat and calcium treatments are used to improve postharvest fruit longevity; however, the exact mechanism remains poorly understood. To characterize the impact of these treatments on sweet cherries metabolism, ‘Lapins’ fruits were treated with heat or CaCl2 solutions and their combination and subsequently were exposed at room temperature, for up to...
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Cannabis sativa L. seeds have been an important source of protein, oil, and dietary fiber for human and animals. Currently, there is a growing interest in the commercial products of these seeds, which are recognized as a legitimate source of medicaments, cosmeceuticals, and nutraceuticals. The objective of this study was to investigate the nutritio...
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Sea fennel is an herbaceous aromatic and edible halophyte, naturally occurring in coastal areas of the Mediterranean basin. Besides its scientific interest as salt-tolerant species it exhibits considerable nutritional value and economical potential. As sea fennel is distributed in maritime areas, where natural iodine is available in high concentrat...
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To further understand the impact of grafting on fruit characteristics and to comprehend the mechanisms involved in graft-induced changes we studied homo- and hetero- grafted Cucurbita pepo cultivars (cv.) that vary in fruit size and shape. C. pepo cv. ‘Munchkin’ and cv. ‘Big Moose’ as well as cv. ‘Round green’ and cv. ‘Princess’ were homo-grafted a...
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In this study the existing phenotypic and chemotypic variability of native to Greece chamomile populations was investigated, aiming to select the appropriate ones for the production of high quality essential oil. For this purpose, eleven native chamomile populations were studied concerning the main constituents of the essential oil (a-bisabolol and...
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Few studies have focused on the metabolic characterization of bud dormancy and shoot growth in temperate fruit species, although this is an intresting framework to anticipate adaptation in global climate changes. To examine this issue, two experimental approaches were applied, using sweet cherry (Prunus avium L. cv ‘Grace Star’) bud and shoot tissu...
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The genetic variability of Thymus sibthorbii, an aromatic species of the Greek flora was studied both in relation to its habitat characteristics and also regarding the species diversity at a local scale. The study was conducted in Cholomontas mountain, northern Greece at altitudes of 760 to 870 m. Genetic material from southern and northwestern exp...
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To further understand the impact of grafting on fruit characteristics and to comprehend the mechanisms involved in graft-induced changes we studied homo- and hetero- grafted Cucurbita pepo cultivars (cv.) that vary in fruit size and shape. C. pepo cv. ‘Munchkin’ (small fruit) and cv. ‘Big Moose’ (large fruit) as well as cv. ‘Round green’ (round fru...
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To further understand the impact of grafting on fruit characteristics and to comprehend the mechanisms involved in graft-induced changes we studied homo- and hetero- grafted Cucurbita pepo cultivars (cv.) that vary in fruit size and shape. C. pepo cv. ‘Munchkin’ (small fruit) and cv. ‘Big Moose’ (large fruit) as well as cv. ‘Round green’ (round fru...
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Research was carried out in order to evaluate the effect of drought and salinity on Citrus aurantium L. plant physiological characteristics, total phenolic, flavonoid and ascorbic acid contents, and volatile organic compounds. C. aurantium plants were exposed to different levels of drought and salinity for an experimental period of 60 days. Moderat...
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In this work, effect of fertilization levels organic and chemical fertilizers were studied on dry drogue yield, essential oil yield and oil composition of Matricaria chamomilla. In terms of dry drogue yield and flower essential oil content, the harvest revealed higher delivery quantities, in the crop applying organic fertilizer corresponding to 35...
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Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is one of the most commercially valued species with remarkable biological properties, while its world trade and consumption is steadily increased. In order to identify a standardized plant material of Greek Oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum), sixteen native populations collected from different regions of Greece, were...
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Analysis of natural product pattern (metabolites; metabolomics) and its formation (pathway; biosynthesis) in plants, especially in non-model or crop plants such as medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), is a research field with significant potential for breeders, growers and consumers. There is an increasing importance for constant and sustainable q...
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Aronia melanocarpa (chokeberry) is a valuable pharmaceutical species that was recently introduced and cultivated in Greece. The chokeberry is a new valuable species that included in super-foods category and occupy the first site in International List of pharmaceutical species. In the field of Forest Research Institute, two varieties of chokeberry (...
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An investigation was carried out in order to estimate the biochemical changes occurring in bitter orange (Citrus aurantium L.) leaves in response to melatonin (MEL), gibberellic acid (GA) and salicylic acid (SA) treatments. We examined the effect of MEL, GA and SA on the essential oil (EO), the total phenolic (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC)...
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Sideritissp.,Stachysiva,SaturejamontanaandOriganumvulgareL.ssp.vulgare,aretraditionallyusedasherbalteasand/orspicesinseveralregionsofMacedonia,Greece.Thespeciesareknownfortheirbiologicalandpharmacologicalproperties,suchasanti-inflammatory,antibacterial,antimicrobial,fungicidal,antidiarrhoeal,spasmolyticetc.Theplantswerecollectedfromwildgrowingpopul...
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The agricultural and medicinal plant pomegranate (Punica granatum L. cv. Wonderful) was studied to examine the effects of wounding of cuttings and to test the effects of different concentrations of indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), gibberellic acid (GA(3)), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), melatonin (MEL), and ascorbic acid (ASC) on rooting of the shoot cuttin...
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The volatile constituents of the essential oils of the peel, flower (neroli) and leaves (petitgrain) of bitter orange (Citrus aurantium L.) growing in Greece were studied by GC-MS. The analytical procedures enabled the quantitative determination of 31 components. More specifically, the components of the essential oils identified were: twelve in the...

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